After losing her job at the library, Celeste "Cel" Walden starts working at the haunting Logan Museum as an archivist. But the job may not be the second chance she was hoping for, and she finds herself confronting her mental health, her relationships, and before long, her grasp on reality as she begins to dream of a young woman she's never met, but feels strangely drawn to. Especially after she asks Cel for helpAs Cel attempts to learn more about the woman, she begins losing time, misplacing things, passing outthe job is becoming dangerous, but she can't let go of this mysterious woman. Who is she? Why is she so fixated on Cel? And does Cel have the power to save her when she's still trying to save herself?...
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Archival Quality stands out with it's fantastic art style and pacing to be a gripping story. I couldn't put it down and wanted to see where everything was building too. It's got a slice of mystery and a sprinkle of horror with it. I found the story engrossing and really wanted C to get help with her mental health. I think if you want a unique little dramatic book this is a great title to go for. It has a great art direction, really good pacing, it clearly knows the story I want to tell.
My only ...more
I received an e-arc from netgally for an honest review.
The main reason I drawn to this graphic novel was because I work in a museum and the prospect of dealing with haunted objects is something we joke about.
The story centers around Cel, who lost her job in a library due to her mental illness and subsequent breakdown. She then sucures a job in a museum which was once a sanitarium amougst other things.
The fact that the location itself is quite unsettling is one thing, but her co-worker doesn't ...more
I feel... hmmm I don't know. The art was really good. And I'm not a librarian that says you HAVE to have a degree to be a librarian. But this was definitely more about archivists and museum workers.
I felt like... Cel's mental health was never well dealt with? She projects all of her issues onto the ghost and makes solving the ghost problem what will solve her own problems and pushes everyone else away. It is very glossed over in the end that she is taking steps to do right by herself now. It ...more
This was a quick, fun graphic novel read. The mental health representation was spot on, and the all around diversity was refreshing.
While this book isn't necessarily spooky, it's still fun. It takes place inside of a haunted museum for starters, filled with the ghost of a 1920s asylum victim, and shines a light on the poor treatment those with mental illness suffered back then. As time goes on, the MC Cel starts losing track of time, things getting moved around without her remembering, and faint ...more
A little slow to get anywhere, but overall, I really enjoyed the story.
The main character was highly relatable. Going in, I did not know much about the story, but her depression is something I can understand. She was so harsh to some of the other characters. That was in part to her depression, but I honestly felt it was overdone a little. I felt sorry for the person she was really harsh toward. I understand depression can make you do things you don't mean, but this is just how I felt when I r ...more
All of my librarian friends need to read this graphic novel about books/archives/libraries/information and who owns information. It was fascinating and spooky and relatable. It also has a very realistic depiction of mental health and how people with mental illnesses are treated in the past and present.
Hoo boy, there's a lot wrong here. The main character is insufferable instead of sympathetic. The characters don't start investigating the mystery until the last quarter of the book. The art is so shaky that character's pupils are sometimes going in violently opposing directions. Worst of all, this is set in a museum library and archive, written by a librarian, that treats librarianship like a fallback job.
The characters that work here are a college dropout, a med school dropout, and someone wh ...more
I enjoyed this book for its representation of mental health and how it can effect someone and those around them when they are at their lowest. It highlights how important it is to have those people in your life who are their for you when you do get to that low point.